Monthly Fishery Report
September was an excellent month for the fishery with plenty going on and hundreds of fish caught! We had some slightly cooler weather, which really switched the fish on and lots of our anglers walked away with a new personal best.
This time of year is a transitional one between the Summer and Autumn and we had some exceptionally warm days with some very chilly mornings too. We also had a bit more rain, which always freshens’ everything up at this time of year. As is usual the mornings and early evenings were the most productive periods with the fish a little harder to tempt in the middle part of the day, especially on those clear and bright days. Many fish could be found in and around cover with weed beds and under the overhanging braches of tress particular favourites. As some of the lakes were so clear a little thought on how you presented your fly went a long way in achieving success.
The average fish size for the month was still in the 4-5lb bracket with many 5lb+ fish caught also. There were some exceptional fish caught and I will run through some of them. Richard Borkenhagen had the best blue with an 8lb 8oz specimen, Roger Edwards had one of the biggest fish of the month with a 9lb 4oz Rainbow, Bob Lewis had a 7lb Sandy, Aiden Thorpe caught a 7lb 8oz Rainbow, Mr Grimshaw took a 7lb Pinky, season rod Richard Prior had an 8lb 4oz Rainbow and Deborah Harley had a fantastic 9lb Rainbow. Graham Witt caught some great fish this month with a Brown of 6lb and braced two Rainbows of 8lb 12oz and 9lb in a short session, Phil Glasgow caught a personal best 7lb Rainbow, Mr Browning had an 8lb Rainbow, Jason Lamport had a great 7lb Pinky, Keith Baldwin caught an immaculate 7lb 8oz Rainbow and on the same day Steve Brett caught a Rainbow of 8lb and new season rod Will Maxted broke his personal best on two consecutive trips with Rainbows of 6lb and then 7lb 8oz. Cliff Briggs caught a 7lb 12oz Rainbow, Annabelle Burt had a fantastic 8lb Rainbow, season rod Duncan Cameron caught a 7lb 12oz Rainbow and Neal Archer has a superb new personal best with a 8lb 8oz Rainbow. The Salisbury Civil Service Fly Fishing Club visited us and the between the 14 rods that fished they caught over 40 fish!!
Many of you will know that we held a Fishing Competition/BBQ event on the 12th September and it was a huge success, so thank you to everyone that took part. The winner of the competition was Keith Baldwin with his winning fish a fantastic 9lb 12oz Pinky, so a huge congratulations to him and we pleased to welcome him as new season rod. As the competition was so popular we will be holding another competition on Saturday 5th December, so keep an eye out for the details on our website and facebook page.
Graham Pullen of The Totally Awesome Fishing Show also made a superb film of the chalk stream fishing we have available here at Rockbourne, you can check the video out HERE.
Some fantastic fish have been caught I’m sure you would all agree? Blue flash damsels are still taking many fish but there was a definite switch to daddys (dry and wet) being the most productive fly half way through September. Bright lures, especially cat’s whiskers are also taking more fish with each week that passes.
That’s all for this month but keep an eye on our facebook page for up to date catches and information about the Fishery
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